ADDITIONAL FUNDING ALLOCATED FOR EV CHARGEPOINTS
Posted on 23rd August 2019 at 15:34
The Government has allocated an additional £2.5 million to fund more than 1,000 new chargepoints on residential streets.
The funding will support the on-street residential chargepoint scheme launched in 2017, which aims to help people access charging infrastructure near their homes when they don’t have off-street parking. It will go towards helping local authorities to install these chargepoints which can be built into existing structures like lamp posts.
The scheme aims to encourage even more people to choose an electric vehicle (EV) by making it easier to charge their cars near home and has already seen 16 local authorities say they will install 1,200 chargepoints this year.
The Transport Secretary is now doubling funding for the scheme to meet demand and accelerate the take up of electric vehicles as the UK moves towards net zero emissions by 2050 and to further improve air quality.
The allocation of funding for on-street residential chargepoints is part of the £1.5 billion investment underpinned by the Road to Zero Strategy. The strategy supports the move towards a cleaner, greener, accessible and reliable UK transport network.
As part of this, the Government is also investing £37 million into British engineering to develop electric chargepoint infrastructure that could rapidly expand the UK chargepoint network for people without off-street parking and put the UK on the map as the best place in the world to own an electric vehicle.
Innovations to receive investment include underground charging systems, solar powered charging forecourts and wireless charging projects.
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